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century, such attacks against the civilian population are unthinkable and heinous”,”text”:”In the 21st century, such attacks against the civilian population are unthinkable and heinous”}}”>In the 21st century, such attacks against the civilian population are unthinkable and heinousCzech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, said on Twitter on Saturday.

We must not ignore it. We are for the punishment of all war criminalshe added. I call for the rapid establishment of a special international tribunal.

Ukrainian authorities reported on Friday thatbodies of civilians bearing signs of violent death and torture”,”text”:”450bodies of civilians bearing signs of violent death and torture”}}”>450 bodies of civilians bearing traces of violent death and torture buried in a wood on the outskirts of Izioum.

There are several bodies with their hands tied behind their backs and one person was buried with a rope around their neck. Obviously, these people were tortured and executedregional governor Oleg Synegoubov said on Telegram.

In his daily address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Saturday evening that the exhumation process continues. New evidence of torture has been foundhe added.

More than 10 torture chambers have already been discovered in different liberated towns in the Kharkiv region (northwest), where Izium is, according to Mr. Zelensky. Torture was a widespread practice in the occupied territories.

That’s what the Nazis did. That’s what rustics do [fascistes russes]he added, promising to find those responsible on the battlefield and in court.

Bags and crosses placed on the ground.

Sacks containing corpses were dug up during the exhumation in Izium, an area recently taken over by Ukrainian forces.

Photo: Associated Press/Evgeniy Maloletka

On the same site, an AFP journalist was able to see at least one body with its hands tied with a rope. According to Ukrainian human rights official Dmytro Loubinets, there have beenUkrainian citizens tortured and killed in the liberated territories of the Kharkiv region”,”text”:”probably more than 1000Ukrainian citizens tortured and killed in the liberated territories of the Kharkiv region”}}”>probably more than 1000 Ukrainian citizens tortured and killed in the liberated territories of the Kharkiv region.

International outrage

The announcement of this macabre discovery raised a new wave of indignation in the West, a little more than five months after the Russian army, driven out of the vicinity of kyiv, left behind hundreds of corpses of civilians, many of them bore traces of torture and summary execution, particularly in the locality of Boutcha.

The world must react to all this. Russia repeated in Izium what it had done in BuchaZelensky said in a video message Friday evening, welcoming that theUN announced to dispatch a team on the spot to join the Ukrainian investigation.

The United States and the European Union have expressed outrage, holding the Russian leadership responsible. Russia, its leaders and all those implicated in the continued violations of international law and international humanitarian law in Ukraine will be held to accountthe head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said in a statement on Friday.

Thursday, even before the discovery of the graves and mass graves of Izioum, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, had wished the appearance of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, before international justice for war crimes.

US President Joe Biden, for his part, once again warned his Russian counterpart against the use of chemical or nuclear weapons in Ukraine. It would change the course of the war, as not since World War IIwarned the American leader on Friday evening during an interview broadcast on the CBS channel.

Don’t, don’t, don’tBiden urged, promising a response consequent of the United States if this step were to be taken.

Bombings and drinking water cuts

On the ground, where the Ukrainian forces armed by the West, after having contained the Russian advance in the east of the country, have taken back thousands of square kilometers thanks to a counter-offensive in the northeast, fighting and shelling continues.

Russians got angry, because our army pushes them back in its counter-offensiveestimated Svitlana Chpouk, a 42-year-old worker in Kryvyi Rig, a southern city threatened by Russian fire on a hydraulic reservoir, upstream, on the Ingulets River.

In Kupyansk, recaptured last week by Ukrainian forces, clashes continue with the Russian army entrenched on the east side of the Oskil river, AFP journalists have noted.

Artillery fire resounds throughout the city partially destroyed by the fighting, and rare inhabitants venture into the streets where Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers circulate.

The Ukrainian police had not yet reinvested the police station, damaged and in disorder, in front of the entrance of which lay on the ground a red flag of the Russian army, torn.

According to a statement from the General Staff of the Ukrainian Forces,15 airstrikes, as well as more than20 multiple rocket launcher strikes on civilian and military sites in Ukraine”,”text”:”the enemy carried out during the day four missile strikes and 15 airstrikes, as well as more than 20 multiple rocket launcher strikes on civilian and military sites in Ukraine”}}”>the enemy carried out during the day 4 missile strikes and 15 air strikes, as well as more than 20 multiple rocket launcher strikes on civilian and military sites in Ukraine.

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In the Kharkiv region, an 11-year-old girl was killed by Russian missile fire on the town of Chuiguiv, said Governor Oleg Synegoubov.

A vehicle on fire in the middle of the street.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday that its forces had launched strikes on several regions of Ukraine, namely Kherson, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv and Donetsk.

Photo: Associated Press/Alexei Alexandrov

A thermal power plant was bombed by Russian invaders Saturday morning in Mykolaivka, said on Telegram Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of the Donetsk region, in the east of the country, specifying that the Ukrainian firefighters were fighting against the fire there and that the bombardment had led to cuts in drinking water .

The occupiers deliberately target infrastructure in the area to try to inflict as much damage as possible, primarily on the civilian population, he accused. He had previously reported 2 civilians killed and 11 injured in the past 24 hours by Russian fire.

In the neighboring Dnipropetrovsk region, the Russians fired all night at the Nikopol district with Grad-type multiple rocket launchers and heavy artillery, said the local governor, Valentin Reznitchenko. He mentioned that there were no victims, but significant material damage.

According to the head of the local assembly, Mykola Loukachouk, however, Russian fire has killed two people and injured three in the last 24 hours.

South, one person died in Dmitrivka after enemy shellingreported the governor of the Mykolaiv region, Vitali Kim.

The Russian army, which denies targeting civilian infrastructure or residential areas, claims to have carried out strikes of high accuracy against Ukrainian positions in the Mykolaiv and Kharkiv regions.

As for the Zaporijjia nuclear power plant, which has been at stake in recent weeks in clashes between Russians and Ukrainians which had led to the shutdown of all its reactors, it has been reconnected to the Ukrainian network, which makes it possible to secure the cooling of the installations, announced the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Saturday.

On Saturday, hundreds of Ukrainians took part, at the kyiv National Opera, in a farewell ceremony for the former solo dancer and pedagogue Oleksandr Chapoval, killed on September 12 at the age of 47, in the east of the country, while that he had enlisted to fight the Russians.

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